The ten best movie witches

Hollywood's most notable hocus pocus hags



Add +

Vampires are dead: 2013 is officially the season of the witch. As ‘Beautiful Creatures’ (aka ‘the new “Twilight”’) opens, Cath Clarke and Tom Huddleston pick the best screen sorceresses.


Jennifer (Veronica Lake)

I Married a Witch’ (1942) 

Knockout. She may have spent 300 years buried under a tree, but time has not withered her beauty.

Evil deeds
Crimes against menfolk is her bag. She’s out for revenge against an up-and-coming politician whose Puritan ancestor burned her at the stake back in the bad old days. A bolt of lightning has just brought her back to life.

Scare factor
1/10. With that come-hither purr, you’ve got to be kidding. Jennifer is more malicious minx than malevolent. Incidentally, she was the inspiration for the TV show ‘Bewitched’.

Wyrd words
‘Why do you look at me that way? Oh, my dress. Do you like it?’

More Time Out film features that'll make your skin crawl

The 100 best horror films

Time Out proudly presents the 100 best horror films, as chosen by those who write in, direct, star in and celebrate the genre.

Discover the 100 best horror films

50 terrifying movie moments

A round-up of the horror scenes that have made us cower in our boots, dash for the exit sign and weep for the very future of humankind.

Take a look at 50 terrifying movie moments

Users say